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Posted on October 10, 2011 in Reviews, Trip Reports by

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Riding the World’s Steepest Coaster – Takabisha

Posted on August 11, 2011 in Reviews, Trip Reports by Malcolm

Recently I had the delight of riding the world’s steepest coaster – Takabisha (this apparently means ‘dominant’ in Japanese); a Gerstlauer Euro Fighter taken to the extreme at Fuji-Q highlands in Fujikyu Japan.

Firstly, Takabisha is an impressive looking coaster. Compared to the loopy colours of Dodonpa and Eejanaika, it’s a study in formal black, grey, white and red. And it works!

After bolting through the park and waiting in line, and completely forgetting one had to redeem your entry tickets to get actual ride tickets, I had to bolt all the way back to the front of the park and get this sorted. Silly me. The ride ops were kind enough to realise we were dumb tourists and let us come back in through the VIP entrance. Bear in mind I had happily lectured my partner about how Fuji-Q Highland works previously, and then completely forgot when we got there in the excitement of needing to get on the ride NOW NOW NOW!

Anyway, onto the ride. After being strapped in with a seatbelt and pulldown harness (seems the same as other Gerstlauers in this oeuvre), you’re off into the dark. The ride ops shout excitedly and wave at every train – a nice change from the ‘Have a stroke and fall out for all I care’ Six Flags attendees. You enter the dark – and it’s pitch black, then do a sudden drop and half circle. Then into a tiny brake run, down a fun little dip and you can see the light again as well as the vertical track in front as you zoom over the very powerful first launch. Into the first three inversions – all of which are really high and provide some great hang time – then an overbanked hill and back into the back end of the station and brakes. This station is really stark and empty, bar a fire extinguisher…maybe a chance for some more themeing in here? A poster? An adorable Japanese cartoon animal with big eyes screaming about what’s to come next?

We take a slow turn round to the right and the impressive lift hill is in front of us. Slowly…slowly we approach (whether it’s to scare us silly or the system just getting everything secured…or both) then we’re on the chain lift and pointing towards the sky. It always feels on these rides (I’ve been on Mystery Mine and Saw) that this is the bit that if you so much as wiggle the wrong way the whole thing’s going Terrarium to come crashing down. Again…part of the theatrics I suppose. The lift stops just before the top and you edge over excruciatingly gently… quietly…deliberately…there’s a magnificent view of (the usually hidden) Mt Fuji to your right…as long as you don’t have your eyes closed of course…the train starts to drop and is pulled up by the magnetic brakes (eliciting a yelp from everyone) then slowly…ever so slowly…leads you to the edge…keeps holding till you’re facing straight down, then keeps holding some more till you’re literally hanging out of your seat…then you’re off again! It’s a relief to make it back to the ground (albeit briefly) before another three very similar and impressive inversions to the first one, then up a hill and into the final brake run.

My mouth was dry – I was very impressed. It’s a great coaster and well worth their investment. There was some surprising headbanging going on at times – I might have done better to jam my head against the seat more but wasn’t really thinking. I like the way the super scary part is halfway through – seems to extend the ride quite nicely.

Overall, 9/10. Well done Japan!

PS We accidentally took the long way to the park, through the Five Lakes district – it was a beautiful bus trip but fairly agonising when we knew time was short and you could see hints of the park in the distance. What doesn’t seem to be often mentioned is that there is a train station OUT THE FRONT OF THE PARK! No kidding. Use it! Get to Otsuki station (from Shinjuku station inTokyo which is accessible from anywhere on the Yamanote line), then transfer to the Fujikyu Line (get it? Fuji-Q?? Nice!) to Fuji-Q Highland.

CGA Update: July 11, 2011

Posted on July 11, 2011 in Trip Reports, Updates by

It’s been a while since I visited my home park, California’s Great America, opening day in fact.  However, with very little happening in the park since, I felt no rush to return to the park.  With some friends I made a visit today, with picture taking, new gathering, etc not being a priority.  In addition, activity is minimal on property with little to no note-worthy news available for posting.  However one ride at the park continues to be plagued with problems.

FireFall, will it ever run properly?

Installed in 2008 from the now-wasteland that is Geauga Lake, FireFall has always had it’s issues.  When the ride opened, several weeks delayed, it was missing fire effects, and since then the ride has struggled to continue proper operation.  On opening day 2011, the ride opened sans-gondola with just the support arms being hoisted above the water.  The gondola was brought on installed, and the ride did eventually open.

However in recent weeks, the ride has continued to be problematic.  Today the attraction was closed during the period I was in the park (from 10:30ish – around 3:00) and while at one point it was testing with a mechanic on site, it’s hard to believe that this ride can have such a huge problem.  But, perhaps that’s what the park deserves for getting an old-new ride instead of forking over the cash for an entirely new attraction.

As for construction around the park, there is none.  And while crowds are lite, some days this summer have brought huge attendance  In short, I don’t see Cedar Fair doing away with the park in the near future, but I also don’t see a big new coaster being added either.  I can see a Windseeker or some other flat ride being added in the near future, but nothing too grand diovan hct generic.  We’ll keep our eyes out.

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Toy Story Midway Mania Video

Posted on December 5, 2010 in Trip Reports, Uncategorized, Updates by

One of the most popular attractions is Disney California Adventure, Toy Story Midway Mania is a fun for all ride where the characters of Toy Story set up the Midway Game play set. Guests ride the trams from game to game racking up points. Here are clips from the Mr. Potato Head boardwalk barker, the queue, and a full POV...

A Halloween CGA Update: October 3, 2010

Posted on October 4, 2010 in Halloween, Trip Reports by

It’s october and that means Halloween is in full swing across the nation.  This past weekend was the first weekend for California’s Great America’s Halloween Haunt event featuring 6 mazes, 4 scare zones, as well as Black Widow Cavern, a scary version of Loggers Run.  This CGA Update is from October 3rd, 2010.

The iconic entrance decked out in Halloween decor.

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Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular at Knott’s Berry Farm

Posted on August 20, 2010 in Trip Reports by

Introduced this past summer, Knott’s illuminates Camp Snoopy at night with Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular.  A sight and sound extravaganza.  Lights drape from the trees and other objects in the area with 4 distinct areas.  The neatest aspect of the entire experience was the glasses that were sold to ‘enhance’ the experience.  When you put these on, all the individual LED’s...